Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

Director, Woody Allen, consults with LA Opera Conductor James Conlon while working on the set of "Gianni Schicchi."
Director, Woody Allen, consults with LA Opera Conductor James Conlon while working on the set of "Gianni Schicchi."

Director, Woody Allen, consults with LA Opera Conductor James Conlon while working on the set of “Gianni Schicchi.”

Woody Allen’s riotous staging of Puccini’s comic masterpiece, “Gianni Schicchi,” starring Plácido Domingo, highlights Haigazian University’s 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration.

When asked how things were going with the new production of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” Woody Allen talked about his suitability for the job. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” he told the LA Times. “But incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm.” Far from being incompetent, his “Gianni Schicchi” is a cleverly updated and inventive staging of the popular opera.

“Estate planning” takes on a whole new meaning as the opera opens with the reading of a will.  Plácido Doming, singing the title role, is called upon by greedy relatives to re-write the will for their benefit.  The devious “Schicchi” turns the tables securing the future happiness of two young lovers.

Following the intermission, Domingo will take to the podium to conduct the conclusion of the double bill— Franco Zeffirelli’s epic production of “Pagliacci.”

This unique opportunity to experience Domingo both singing and conducting in one evening is sure to be a sell out!

The October 3rd 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration will focus on the $6,000,000 expansion endowment fund campaign for Haigazian University. Celebrations will continue after the performance with a Black Tie Gala Supper in the stunning Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

For Ticket information call 1-844-809-4860 or visit the website www.haigazian.org

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